Thursday, July 3, 2008
Dollar General Literacy Foundation gives reading program $40,000
Submitted by Donna Clark • FiftyForward Communications Director • July 2, 2008 The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded $40,000 to Friends Learning in Pairs, which promotes literacy among elementary students in Davidson and Williamson counties. FLIP is an intergenerational, volunteer tutoring program sponsored by FiftyForward. Since 1993, tutors have provided encouragement and assistance to children in grades K-4 who are experiencing difficulty with their reading skills. "In April, we were faced with the possibility of having to cut 23 partner schools because of lack of funding. This would have resulted in the cancellation of services to approximately 350 students and the loss of many dedicated volunteers," said FLIP program manager Sandra Thomas. "Because of this generous donation by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, students will continue to receive that needed support from a friend, and volunteers will continue to encourage and share in the excitement of learning." During the 2007-08 school year, FiftyForward FLIP volunteers tutored about 800 students at 47 elementary schools in Davidson and Williamson Counties. On average, 79 percent of students who received help from a FLIP tutor increased their reading and comprehension levels. "Sometimes all a child needs is one person to believe in them and a few minutes of one-on-one instruction in order to achieve academic success," said Rick Dreiling, CEO, Dollar General Corp. "FLIP pairs a child who is struggling academically with a compassionate senior volunteer who is knowledgeable and committed to working one-on-one. We are proud to support FLIP's continued success." FLIP coordinators in Davidson and Williamson counties will begin training current and new volunteers in August for the upcoming school year.